The Kunsthalle for Music ensemble forms the heart of the Kunsthalle for Music, consisting of eight musician-performers. An open-call for musicians of all types, backgrounds and skill-levels resulted in the following ensemble:
Bergur Thomas Anderson (guitar) is an artist and musician from Reykjavik, Iceland. In his performances and film work he explores the acts and embodiments brought about by ways of viewing. He envelopes performative gestures, homages, songs and narratives in to his space, folding together existing elements and images he appropriates as a vehicle for a discourse of spectatorship and our physical relationship with screens.
Billy Bultheel (piano) is based in Berlin and Brussels. Bultheel holds a BA in Sonology and he graduated in 2013 from the MA program for Choreography and Performance at the Justus-Liebig Universität in Gießen. In 2013 he also started working with Anne Imhof as a dancer, dramaturg and composer. In 2016 Imhof commissioned Bultheel to write new work for the opera ANGST, an opera in 3 acts. On invitation of Susanne Pfeffer for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2017, Bultheel was head of music production for the multimedia performance piece FAUST, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
Sandhya Daemgen (violin and voice) is a dancer, singer and choreographer living in Berlin. Her interests focus on the voice as a tool to open up new forms of personal, societal and gendered interaction. She often performs in the visual art context, working closely with Tino Sehgal since 2011. She holds a degree in Cultural Theory from Wesleyan University, USA as well as a degree in Dance, Context and Choreography from HZT at the University of Arts, Berlin. Her pieces include: Aquarium (Villa Empain, Brussels), This is Not the Omega (Het Veem, Amsterdam), and The Listening-Party-Experiment (Uferstudios, Berlin).
Sara Hamadeh (violin) is an artist and researcher with a background in film studies. Her current research seeks to offer a critical reading of images of war together with the politics of their production and distribution online.
Alexander Iezzi (drums and percussion) is an artist and musician based in Rotterdam. Their work encompasses performance, video, sculpture, and drawing, often with an emphasis on sound. They are interested in animisim, non-human agency, and dialogical modes of art making.
Nanna Ikonen (saxophone and electronics) is a classical musician and teacher from Helsinki, Finland. She received her BA in Classical Saxophone at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and she graduated in Live Electronics in 2017 at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Ikonen is focusing on contemporary music, live electronics and creative crossover projects. She performed, for example, with Creative Performance Lab in the Cello Biennale 2016 in Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis, Amsterdam.
Jackson Moore (saxophone) is an American musician currently living in Utrecht. Moore studied in Connecticut with Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton. From 2005 to 2010 Moore ran the New Languages Festival. From 2010 to 2013 he worked at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and from 2014 to 2017 he ran the Digital Arts studio at Bennington College.
Pau Marquès i Oleo (cello) was born in Spain, lives in Rotterdam and works as cellist. He holds a BA in Music, Violoncello, from the Conservatori Superior del Liceu, Barcelona. Marquès i Oleo graduated in 2016 from the MA in Music Performance; For the Stages at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. He works with several orchestras, like Chamber Music Orchestra of Menorca, and he is part of various chamber music ensembles, including Belinfante Quartet.